Maesa haplobotrys (Primulaceae)

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At some point or another, one may have encountered the showy and colourful horticultural herbs such as Cyclamens, Primulas, Pimpernels – famous members of the Primula family. But many plant families that are well known in the temperate zone also have members that occur in the tropics. The Primula family is no exception. In the case of Maesa haplobotrys, the Primula family has made a rainforest woody shrub !

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This species appears very similar to the scrambling Maesa dependens, except that in M. dependens, the leaf margins seems to be more strongly toothed.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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